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At PACO, we work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.
Upcoming Events...

May 28: Workers' Compensation Roundtable

June 11: PACO Executive Board Meeting

June 16: General Membership Meeting

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Message from PACO President

With guidance from our Governor, state public health officials and the CDC, many live PACO events will be offered online, postponed or cancelled. These decisions have been made due to increasing concerns about COVID19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of PACO members, sustaining members, sponsors and guests at PACO events.

PACO - Scholarships Deadline Extended to June 10, 2020!

Due to COVID-19 PACO has extended the deadline to apply for scholarships! The scholarships available are one paralegal student scholarship in the amount of $500 and one paralegal certification scholarship in the amount of $250 which will be awarded at PACO’s General Membership Meeting on June 16, 2020. Click here for more information.

PACO Workers' Compensation Roundtable

Announcing PACO's next Workers’ Compensation Roundtable, unfortunately last month's roundtable did not go forward so we will be discussing the topic that would have been held in April, being The Hearing Process. We will be discussing the Industrial Commission hearing process and how it has changed since the onset of COVID19. Please talk with your attorneys for their impressions of telephone hearings and come prepared to discuss the challenges of holding hearings exclusively by phone.

This will be an interactive session with the exchange of thoughts, tips, and recommendations on how to better and more effectively prepare files for hearing and provide our attorneys with what they need to successfully represent our clients’ interests before the Industrial Commission. Whether you are new to this practice area or a seasoned veteran, whether your firm represents injured workers or employers, all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Place: Teleconference (Call-in information will be sent via email to all participants who RSVP to participate.)
RSVP/Questions: Angie Vohsing, at AMVohsing@eastmansmith.com or 614-564-1444

PACO – June 2020 General Membership Meeting – Save the Date!

Save the date for the June General Membership meeting which will be held via Zoom where the installation of new officers to the PACO Executive Board will be held. The installation will be conducted by the Columbus Bar Association President, Magistrate Amy Koorn.

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Registration: Information will be forthcoming.

NFPA Credentialing Program

Exciting updates to NFPA credentialing program! NFPA has responded to the changes in our world by offering a FastTrack Credentialing Program. Click here for more information.

OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam - Refresher Course

The Paralegal Programs at Capital University Law School - Refresher Course scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 is postponed. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa M. Diem at ldiem@law.capital.edu or (614) 236-6444.

OSBA - Paralegal Certification Exam - Deadline to Register and Exam Date - HAVE BEEN EXTENDED!

If your goal for the new year is focused on your career, consider becoming an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Paralegal. OSBA Paralegal Certification provides a valuable credential for paralegals in Ohio through the use of objective standards, which measure training, knowledge, experience, and skills of paralegals. Becoming certified provides the opportunity to be recognized for your ethics and professionalism in practice, as well as distinct skills and experience in various fields of law.

The Ohio State Bar Association has decided to reschedule the 2020 OSBA Paralegal Exam. The decision has been made to extend the deadline date for obtaining CLE credits AND completing an application, to June 30, 2020. The new Exam date will be September 12, 2020.

Click here to learn more about the OSBA certification process.

NFPA's Board of Director Positions - October Elections!

There are NFPA Board of Director positions that are up for election in October. Nominations open July 1, 2020. If you are interested in running for a position you might want to reach out now to discuss the role with the current officer, a person who has held that position in the past, or other members of the Board. Visit the NFPA site for more information.

CBA Corner: Lawyers Quarterly

Check out the CBA's Lawyers Quarterly magazine - this publication includes articles of interest to lawyers and paralegals and is designed to inform, entertain and capture readers with ideas and anecdotes from the life and work of legal professionals in central Ohio. Click here to read the Spring issue.

If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about PACO, please contact any Board member at:

Becky Lewis – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Brittany Hays – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Cassandra Struble – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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